TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team will travel to Long Beach, Calif. For the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic, which runs March 3-4, at the Virginia Country Club.
The team is coming off of a fifth-place tie from their most recent tournament and has begun the spring with two top-five finishes.
“Anytime you’re playing well you want to get back out and compete,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “For us, getting the chance to go back out fairly quickly is a good thing. Keeping everyone in a good frame of mind and continuing solid play is what we want to do.”
The two-day tournament will begin on Monday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m. PST. The first and second rounds will be played on day one. The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. PST. The golf course covers 6,633 yards with a par of 70.
Arizona will travel the same line-up including No. 1 Erik Oja who shot a career low 64 and finished third in Hawaii.
“Erik has had a terrific year,” Anderson said. “His round in Hawaii was one of the best of this season and probably in all of college golf and a top-10 or -20 round of the year. He’s been a team leader in the way that he has played and we’re looking for good things from him. This is a tournament that he can win individually.”
No. 2 Alex McMahon and No. 3 Kolton Lapa also remain in the lineup as two valuable players for the team.
“Kolton Lapa has proved that he’s right there in the mix with his strong performance at home,” Anderson said. “We’re looking forward to seeing how he bounces back after a rough tournament in Hawaii. Alex McMahon is someone that we’ve been able to rely on and get consistent rounds from.
Brenden Redfern and Benson Liu will round out the Wildcats lineup in the No. 4 and 5 spots, respectively. Liu had a top-20 finish in Hawaii shooting a season low round of 70.
“Benson Liu really stepped up last week,” Anderson said. “If he can come up and continue his strong play then I know we are going to be in a position to win this tournament. Brenden Redfern has had a great attitude and hasn’t had his best golf from tee to green but his short game and putting is as good as anyone’s and he’s a fighter. These guys are going to play hard and for something bigger than themselves and hopefully improve and have a chance to get into post season.
Senior Christian Colegrove will travel as an individual for the Wildcats.
Alongside Arizona will be 10 other teams including Colorado State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Grand Canyon, Kansas State, defending champion Long Beach State, Minnesota, UC Santa Barbara and Wichita State.
“You have to respect every opponent,” Anderson said. “You don’t want to overlook anyone but I do know this won’t be the strongest field that we will face. We know if we go out and play the golf that we intend to play and keep our emotions in check then we should have a chance to win this tournament. In our minds we really believe that. We think that any tournament we tee up in, but this one was scheduled with winning in mind.”
Live results from the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate will be available via golfstatresults.com. For more information on Arizona men’s golf, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter and on Facebook.com/ArizonaWildcatsGolf.